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    Default Do your kids like being homeschooled?

    Here is a question for you--are your children glad they are homeschooled? Do they ever say they want to go to a typical school? And if they did, at what age would you let them make this decision?
    Laina
    homeschooling mother of Louisa (10yo) and Daniel (7yo)

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    I give my children the choice at highschool. Of my three older children, one chose to experience his Senior year at PS. He had already finished all of my requirements for him. He said it was the most boring year of his life. Filling in tiny bubbles, and reading portions of dry texts. But he did love football ! ;-)
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    My daughter is only 6 but says she does like homeschooling. My son began homeschooling right after he graduated 8th grade and says he wishes I had homeschooled him sooner. I agree with Jana; I would wait until my daughter was high school age to let her make that decision.

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    I started homeschooling because my kids hated school to the point that my older was calling home at least 1-2 times each week, crying for me to come get him, and the younger was crying every morning that he didnt want to go back (to kindergarten). Both are willing to do almost anything (not that i ask much) to not have to go back. I do hope the younger one goes to high school (dh is hoping he goes to jr high, too, but i think its a bad idea) . .. cuz we really need me to get back to work to save some money for retirement!!! I really cant imagine either one asking (and in VA, you cant drop in to high school, you pretty much have to start over at 9th grade), but if they did, i'd be all for it. Of course, we do live in a very good district.
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    My oldest son missed going to school for the first few months, while we were fighting over curriculum, then begged to go back to school over Christmas break. I almost let him because nothing I'd tried was working out. Then I tried T4L and he loved it. After that, he said he wanted to stay home. My younger son would like to go to preschool, and I'm willing to let him, but he still has very little interest in potty training and most preschools require it for their prek kids. If he trains in time for prek, I'll let him try it. With my older, I don't know when I might let him go back. High school, I'm thinking.
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    Hurricane (our older son) went to public school through the first quarter of 2nd grade (he's in 3rd now). While he did like public school for the most part, by that point, his quirkiness was starting to cause some alienation from his friends, to the point where he said his least favorite parts of the day were lunch and recess. (What kind of kid says that?) That's when we figured it was time to seriously broach the subject of homeschooling with him (it had come up the year before but was rejected by him), and he thought it was a great idea. None of us have ever looked back. He's much happier at home.

    Tornado (our younger) is still in a PS Headstart and pre-K program at the same school Hurricane was in. Starting next school year, we plan to have him at home, as well, and he's looking forward to it, although I do have my doubts, as he's more of a kid who craves a group to interact with, even though he's more of a follower than a leader. We'll see how it goes with him.
    Dad (39) to 2 DSs Hurricane (aka Nathan, 11) and Tornado (aka Trevor, 7)
    He likes to think he knows what he's doing. Please don't burst his bubble by telling him otherwise...

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    My eldest daughter (13) loves being homeschooled and always has. She can delve into Latin and history and books and art to her heart's desire, and she can have the alone time that a creative introvert needs. She loves learning about how to run a home as well, and she loves her quiet neighbourhood.

    My ds (7) loves homeschooling because "Mummy is the best teacher!" And because he gets lots of Lego time, which is his main priority

    DD ( 11 ) likes aspects of homeschooling but it really doesn't meet her needs as well as it does the other two. Sociable, group-learning, externally motivated, performance focused - she is finding homeschooling frustrating.

    I would let a child have a greater say in their education the older they got. The oldest two can pretty much choose. Ds - I'd strongly encourage him to continue homeschooling for some time yet. I don't see any signs of him wanting to go, he's got it too good at home!

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    My son has mentioned several times this year (our first) how much he likes homeschooling because he gets to "learn more" and "work at his own pace" and because it's "way more fun!". He did admit that he misses his friends, but also said it's actually no big deal because he didn't get to play with them very much anyway during school. I KNOW he'd like more social time and more time out of the house and that's been hard on both of us. But he also knows that as soon as we move (please this year, please this year) he will have tons more opportunities so he's being patient. We involve him in everything available to us, but there just isn't much. He was recently able to take a fun weekly math workshop at our local private school and he loved that; we're hoping there will be another one this spring. I was a bit afraid it would make him miss school, but it didn't. I think as he gets older--and definitely when we move--homeschooling will just become more and more fun; I don't foresee him wanting to go back to ps any time soon (although I do worry about it).
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    I don't think my kids can conceive of anything else, honestly. I don't think they know what "real school" is even like. But they're happy with things as they are. If, when they get older, they ask to go to school, I would consider trying to make it happen. The thing is, we don't have the money for private school and if they went to their "assigned school" they would be the only kids who didn't qualify for free lunch and weren't way below the poverty line, not to mention they'd be the only white kids there - I just wouldn't be comfortable with that. So they would have to go into the lottery for a charter and there's only two more windows of opportunity there and the next one isn't until they're in 5th grade - that's a staggeringly long way away for two first graders.
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    My daughter (14) loves to be homeschooled and would not ever want to return to ps (went through 2nd grade, and also has several friends in ps, so she hears all their stories).

    I can't say that my son (13) "loves" to be homeschooled but probably believes it's the lesser of two evils. He's just at a stage right now where he's a bit stubborn on ANYTHING we ask him to do. But that's an entirely different post.....
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


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    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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